shiraneHaruo Shirane

Department Chair
Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature

Haruo Shirane’s fields of interest are Japanese literature, visual culture, and cultural history, with particular focus on intertextuality and language, text/image relations, popular and elite subcultures, and culture and power.


ShangWeiWei Shang

Deputy Chair
Phone: (212) 854-1526
Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture




Tomi Suzuki

Acting Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (212) 854-5034
Professor of Japanese Literature



andererPaul Anderer

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Phone: (212) 854-1525
Mack Professor of Humanities, Professor of Japanese Literature




Gal Gvili

MA Program Director
Lecturer in Discipline

Gal Gvili specializes in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, comparative literature and literary and cultural theory, with particular interests in gender, religion, and the transnational travel of emotions and ideas.


Ying Qian

MA Faculty Advisor
Phone: (212) 854-5027
Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, Film, and Media Studies

Ying Qian’s fields of interest are in Chinese literature, cinema and media studies, including documentary cinema in comparative perspectives, experience and memory of China’s revolutions and socialism, and writing, translation and filmmaking in China’s multi-lingual and multi-ethnic border regions and among the Chinese diaspora.


Harrison Huang

China Course Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-8545
Assistant Professor

Harrison Huang received his Ph.D. from The University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in medieval Chinese poetry and intellectual history. His research interests include literary criticism, genre theory, classics exegesis, metaphors in paradigms of knowledge, and the role of emotion and desire in conceptions of self-cultivation. His current book project situates Xie Lingyun (385–433) and the formation of Chinese landscape poetry within traditions of kingship, imperial performance, and estate power.


Greg Pflugfelder

History-East Asia Program Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-5035
Associate Professor of Japanese History

Gregory Pflugfelder specializes in Japanese history and gender studies, with an emphasis on cultural history; the history of gender, sexuality, and the body; and constructions of monstrosity.


Administrative Staff

Youngmi Jin

Director of Academic Administration and Finance
Phone: (212) 854-5028

Laura Schlein

Program Manager
Executive Assistant to the Chair
Phone: (212) 854-6780

Kevin Stillwell

Academic Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-0755

Anri Vartanov

Business Manager
Phone: (212) 854-3811